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Making the PACS workstation a browser of image processing software: a feasibility study using inter-process communication techniques
Linköping University, Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization, CMIV. Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Radiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0442-3524
Institute for Medical Image Computing, Bremen, Germany.
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Radiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre for Medical Imaging, Department of Radiology in Linköping. Linköping University, Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization, CMIV.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7750-1917
2010 (English)In: International journal of computer assisted radiology and surgery, ISSN 1861-6429, Vol. 5, no 4, 411-419 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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PURPOSE: To enhance the functional expandability of a picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) workstation and to facilitate the integration of third-part image-processing modules, we propose a browser-server style method. METHODS: In the proposed solution, the PACS workstation shows the front-end user interface defined in an XML file while the image processing software is running in the background as a server. Inter-process communication (IPC) techniques allow an efficient exchange of image data, parameters, and user input between the PACS workstation and stand-alone image-processing software. Using a predefined communication protocol, the PACS workstation developer or image processing software developer does not need detailed information about the other system, but will still be able to achieve seamless integration between the two systems and the IPC procedure is totally transparent to the final user. RESULTS: A browser-server style solution was built between OsiriX (PACS workstation software) and MeVisLab (Image-Processing Software). Ten example image-processing modules were easily added to OsiriX by converting existing MeVisLab image processing networks. Image data transfer using shared memory added <10ms of processing time while the other IPC methods cost 1-5 s in our experiments. CONCLUSION: The browser-server style communication based on IPC techniques is an appealing method that allows PACS workstation developers and image processing software developers to cooperate while focusing on different interests.

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2010. Vol. 5, no 4, 411-419 p.
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PACS workstation - Image processing - Functional expandability - Client–server communication - Inter-process communication
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-58771DOI: 10.1007/s11548-010-0417-8ISI: 000289289500012PubMedID: 20390372OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-58771DiVA: diva2:345724
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The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com: Chunliang Wang, Felix Ritter and Orjan Smedby, Making the PACS workstation a browser of image processing software: a feasibility study using inter-process communication techniques, 2010, International journal of computer assisted radiology and surgery, (5), 4, 411-419. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11548-010-0417-8 Copyright: Springer Science Business Media http://www.springerlink.com/ Available from: 2010-08-26 Created: 2010-08-26 Last updated: 2013-09-05

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